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Why the Macerata Sferisterio Opera Festival?

There is no denying the beauty of your traditional opera house, however, the Macerata Opera Festival is a venue to rival all of those, but with one subtle difference; it’s an open-air summer only arena. It also boasts a rather eclectic history for a venue that now performs stunning operas!

The Macerata Opera Festival is a lesser known arena than that which inspired it, the Arena di Verona; however, it is located in a beautiful region with the mountains to the west of you and the sea to the east. It is perfect for those wanting a quieter way of life and away from the big, bustling city feel, but still stunning quintessential opera.

Macerata was officially nominated as the ‘Italian Capital of Culture 2020,’ if you needed any further endorsement!

What to do on your Macerata Opera Festival break

Heading into Macerata from your hotel is an easy 10 minutes taxi ride where you can explore the small town on foot, along with the various museums, palaces and churches. These include Palazzo Buonacorrsi which houses the three museums of Modern Art, Ancient Art and Carriage, enjoying the art of Pinacoteca of Palazzo Ricci and climbing the Civic Tower for the Astronomical Clock. When you want a breather, head to Orto dei Pensatori, which is a secret courtyard located behind the University of

Philosophy, along with Via degli Orti for the historical buildings, before enjoying a traditional Macerata feast at Vincisgrassi.

Our Top Tip?

Spend a day exploring Macerata before the opera, but then you still have all of the next day to relax at your hotel, Villa Quiete, which lives up to its name. This is a break which is perfectly in keeping with your pace and not thousands of tourists.

Why we love Villa Quiete

The Macerata Opera Festival is a first rate venue, but outside of your opera experience, it’s good to do as the locals do here and enjoy a quieter pace. Villa Quiete is located around a 10 minutes drive from Macerata, and being an 18th century mansion set in the ground of a lush park, makes you relax straight away.

The park measures a huge 28,000 square metres and includes exotic species, flowers, fountains and walkways, some of which lead to the outdoor pool, solarium terrace and a la Carte dining. With quintessential Italian original furniture pieces in the hotel, you will feel like royalty!


Expect the temperatures to be in the late 20c in July and August time, and the humidity will make this feel hotter.

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As with any summer travel, we recommend a good sun hat, sun tan lotion and keeping yourself hydrated at all times. The dress code for the opera is smart/casual but as the temperature is likely to still be very humid late into the evening, we do not recommend taking a suit and tie as you will be too hot. Please note if you want to explore any religious buildings, you are expected to cover knees and upper arms, or you might be refused admittance.

Why Us?

The Macerata Opera Festival is an event only the serious opera specialist companies are aware of and having visited this ourselves, we know it’s something special. But we also wanted to be authentic in keeping with the region, which is a gentle, calmer way of life. Whilst there are other tours in the area, many of these are quite a distance, and sometimes an opera break should be just an opera break and some time to unwind.

Both your airport and opera transfers are private to you so you can get where you need to go to without waiting for busloads of other tourists.  

Furthermore, you don’t have the hassle of wondering how to get into Macerata from your villa, we have this booked for you, so you can arrive in style and go door to door without any stresses.

This Macerata Opera Festival trip can be completely tailor-made to suit you so whether you want a second or even third opera experience or just more time around the pool to relax, we can arrange this for you. Enjoy your special event how you want to enjoy it!

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